The side of your foot hurts, and you just want some relief. However, you don't know what that painful bump at the base of your big toe is. At Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO, Dr. Lorry Melnick and Dr. Florin Costache understand foot anatomy and deformities very well. They may discover that you are suffering from a podiatric problem called a bunion. What is a bunion and how can your Denver foot doctor control your uncomfortable symptoms?
Denver bunions are common
Also called a hallux valgus, a bunion is an abnormal bony prominence at the base of the big toe. This area is called the metatarsophalangeal joint, and when it experiences undue pressure from standing too long, obesity or shoes that are too tight and narrow, it becomes:
- Deformed as the big toe turns toward the second and even third toe
People with bunions also feel burning and numbness and may have problems walking normally, say foot experts at the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, people with flat feet or who overpronate as they walk (foot rolls inward as it contacts the ground) develop this joint issue, and corns and calluses often accompany bunions.
How Dr. Costache and Dr. Melnick can help
During a consultation at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic, your Denver podiatrist will inspect your feet, watch you walk and take X-rays to see what's happening with that metatarsophalangeal joint. Also, the doctor will recommend some conservative treatment measures to alleviate the pressure on the bunion and to keep the deformity from progressing. In some cases, a surgical bunionectomy is necessary. However, most cases improve with common sense treatments such as:
- Wearing shoes with more room in the toes, better overall support and lower heels (no higher than two inches, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)
- Shoe padding to alleviate friction between the shoe and the bunion
- Corn and callus removal
- Stretching exercises
- Splints worn at night to realign the big toe (useful for adolescent bunions in particular, says the APMA)
You can prevent additional pain and damage with expert bunion treatment at Cherry Creek Foot Clinic in Denver, CO. Don't delay, call the office today for a consultation: (303) 355-1695.